Topic: Advisor Resources

Mitigating Retirement Account Fraud: Best Practices to Safeguard Participant Assets

The trend of commercial database breaches involving the disclosure of personally identifiable information (PII) does not appear to be slowing down. As a retirement plan sponsor and fiduciary, there are steps you should take to mitigate the risk of fraud from occurring within your plan.
 

IRS Plan Limits

Each year, the Internal Revenue Service publishes updated dollar limitations for tax-qualified defined benefit and defined contribution plans. The limits are important for tax-qualified plans, as well as many non-qualified plans.

A Prudent Approach to Evaluating Target Date Funds

Target date funds provide unique challenges for evaluating and monitoring to meet the standards of ERISA. Learn about the extensive protocol designed by Newport Group.
 

Considerations for Separate Account BOLI Owners

Banks have been using separate account BOLI as informal offset to employee benefits costs since the late 1990s. During the early 2000s, the separate account structure became the product of choice for many mid- and large-sized banks. The structure requires an allocation of premiums to one or more investment sub-accounts offered by the insurance carrier.

Quarterly Product News for Advisors

What’s new at Newport? We’re keeping you informed each quarter of our latest products and services. Here's a look at what's ahead for the Fourth Quarter of 2019.

What the CEO Needs to Know About Compensation Best Practices

The marketplace for talent continues to change. So what should the CEO be aware of? Newport Group's Compensation Consulting Team can help. 

Meet the Team

Meet the Team: Newport Group's Qualified Client Services Leadership Team

Advisor Support for Plan Committee Best Practices

As a retirement plan advisor, you can help your plan sponsor clients with their fiduciary obligations by guiding them through the establishment of a plan committee. A plan committee considers, investigates, and takes action on retirement plan matters, and is one of the most effective ways plan sponsors can meet the procedural due diligence obligations of an ERISA fiduciary. Some of the potential benefits of using a committee to manage a retirement plan include:

Department of Labor Loosens Restrictions on MEP 401(k) Defined Contribution Plans

Small and mid-size businesses now have greater access to defined contribution retirement plans under regulations issued by the Department of Labor (DOL) on July 31, 2019. The regulations, which loosen prior restrictions on multiple employer plans, take effect on September 30, 2019. The DOL regulations permit employers to connect with associations of employers in a city, county, state or multi-state metropolitan area in order to offer defined contribution retirement benefits to employees. Employers also have the option of banding together by industry to achieve the same purpose.

Actuarial Services for Cash Balance Plans

As a type of defined benefit pension plan, cash balance plans can help employers attract and retain employees through enhanced benefit security, and maximize annual tax-allowable contributions to “qualified” deferred compensation arrangements through current (versus future) tax deductions.

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